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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Parents Struggle To Find Help For Troubled Children

In the wake of the Newtown shootings, parents are talking about the struggle to get mental health help for their children.

As WBUR’s Martha Bebinger reports, “we don’t know if the alleged Newtown gunman, Adam Lanza, had a mental illness. But we do have parents who take in details of his life and say, ‘please, help me make sure this doesn’t happen with my son.’”


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  • http://www.facebook.com/adam.a.gough Adam Alexander Gough

    Hi, my name is Adam and I have Asperger’s Syndrome. I 

  • Jane Decker

    I am a parent with two adult children who struggle with mental illness.  I too could be Adam Lanzas mother.  Both my children have treatened my life when their anger and frustration becomes too much.  Mental health services have always been very limited even though we had health insurance.  The programs needed for my children did and do not exist in my community.  As a result I have one child who lives in a run down dangerous hotel on SSI and refuses to seek help.  She has treatened my life and that of her daughter who I adopted as an infant.  She has had 3 subsequent children who have been removed from her – something she doesn’t understand.  My son manages to work but changes jobs often when he looses it with the people he works with.  My frustration with the mental system is beyond belief.  I am helpless and bereft.  I do so hope the deaths of these beautiful children begin a dialogue.  Parents are often afraid to speak out – we NEED to.  Thank you for this forum, Jane Decker, Bakersfield, CA 

  • http://www.facebook.com/adam.a.gough Adam Alexander Gough

    Hi, my name is Adam Gough and I have Asperger’s Syndrome. 

    • Robin Y

      Hi Adam!

      Glad you said  hello,

      Best
      Robin 

  • it

    It is true that Asperger’s in no way equals violence, however if people are honest it could explain how this violent individual was able to perfom these acts with no empathy and should not just be overlooked because it is not PC to bring it up.

    • http://www.facebook.com/adam.a.gough Adam Alexander Gough

      “if people are honest”
      About what?

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